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Hollywood, Whiteness and the Illusion of Normalcy

Hollywood, Whiteness and the Illusion of Normalcy

Writer Amy Fung draws on the video work of Aleesa Cohene, a story about Alice Cooper and life in LA to reflect on race and visibility

Two-Way Mirrors

Two-Way Mirrors

A curator and translator reflects on the incongruities of translating iconic writing on conceptual art into Chinese—for the first time

See, Listen, Repair

See, Listen, Repair

How can immigrants in Canada engage with Indigenous art practices to reconsider reconciliation?

Peter Hujar’s Insides

Peter Hujar’s Insides

The late, famous New York photographer took “uncomplicated, direct photographs of complicated and difficult subjects”

The Great Canadian Amnesia

The Great Canadian Amnesia

As Cold War politics resurface internationally, we often forget how Canada’s 1950s cultural policy still shapes—and even strangles—the arts scene in 2018

Tom Girls

Tom Girls

How the hyper-masculine, homoerotic world of artist Tom of Finland became an unlikely inspiration for G.B. Jones's subversive queer aesthetics

Dirty Words: Interesting

Dirty Words: Interesting

“Interesting” might be a vague, meaningless way to describe art. It might also be at the heart of how art is given value, and is made political.

Dirty Words: Labour

Dirty Words: Labour

Technicians and installers are central to an art institution’s function. Why are they so often rendered invisible?

Dirty Words: No

Dirty Words: No

Those identified as women, in particular, are often told to just say no; they are also told, in actions and in art, that their no means nothing

Dirty Words: Representation

Dirty Words: Representation

The visibility of trans women in the arts has vastly increased in the past half-decade, but the sense of freedom has not.

From the Archive

Is It Time to Rethink the Sobey Art Award’s Age Limit?

Is It Time to Rethink the Sobey Art Award’s Age Limit?

Earlier this year, the UK’s Turner Prize dropped its age restriction. Perhaps Canada’s Sobey Art Award should consider doing the same.

This Work Is Not for You

This Work Is Not for You

“This issue is a love letter to all my fierce and fabulous relations—my NDN baby girls, women or otherwise—who ground their work in kinship teachings.”

TL;DR: No One Reads Art Reviews Anymore

TL;DR: No One Reads Art Reviews Anymore

The traditional exhibition review is not popular online—Google Analytics tell us so. What does this mean for the future of art criticism?